The defensive skills of the first baseman are often taken for granted. This position is the most
under-rated defensive position on a team. The defensive skills of a good first baseman can often
make the difference in winning a championship.
1. The First baseman positions himself approximately 15 to 20 feet behind first base and
about 10 feet from the line. This is the normal positioning when a bunt is not anticipated
and there are no runners on base.
weight up on the balls of the feet.
3. Glove held waist high, open, facing toward the batter.
4. Always check with the second baseman to make sure there is no mix up on ground balls
making an inviting target for the pitcher to throw to.
2. When the pitcher throws over, catch the ball and apply a tag with a sweeping motion.
3. If the pitcher throws towards the plate, move quickly into a position to field the ball.
It is the pitcher's responsibility to cover first base when the first baseman has to field the ball.
Always make an unassisted putout when you can. When relaying the ball to the pitcher, the
following tips will help avoid errors.
control and the ball will not fall out of your glove, since you do not have to apply a tag.
3. You can toss the ball to the pitcher quicker if you have to.
4. When relaying the ball to the pitcher, use the underhand shovel type release.
5. Throw the ball at the bag so the pitcher can catch the ball chest-high as he crosses the
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